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Friday, August 20, 2010

Southern Fiction

Having lived in Virginia for more than two decades, I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I was born above the Mason-Dixon Line and grew up across the river in Maryland. Still – I’ve grown to appreciate Southern sensibilities – especially the region’s literature. Lists of great books of Southern fiction always include certain classics like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, the novels by William Faulkner and stories of Flannery O’Connor.

A newer generation of Southern writers includes Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy, Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, among many others. About a year ago, another Southern writer, Elizabeth Spencer, published her list of best books of southern fiction in the Wall Street Journal. Among them were:

On Agate Hill by Lee Smith

The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy

A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Sample and enjoy some of the South’s best!

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